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Gedling Borough Council teams up with Nottingham Forest FC to launch soccer events for young people


Gedling Borough Council has teamed up with Nottingham Forest Football Club to launch a range of activities aimed at young people in the borough. 

The Premier League Kicks programme will be taking place in parks and open spaces in Newstead, Netherfield, Arnold, Daybrook, Warren Hill, Bestwood Village and Gedling Village throughout August. 

The events have been organised with Nottingham Forest Community Trust who deliver outreach programmes aimed at young people aged 14+. The aim of the sessions are to engage, inspire and educate young children and adults, using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help hard-to-reach youngsters in some of the most high-need areas.

All of the events will be Covid-19 secure and places must be booked in advance through the website. 

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Councillor Viv McCrossen, Portfolio Holder for Young People and Equalities said: “This is a great initiative and we would like to thank Nottingham Forest Community Trust for working with us to organise these events across the borough.

“These outreach programmes can be used to inspire young people during difficult times where there are not many events on or things to do.

We know that many young people locally have had to spend time on their own over the past few months and have found this difficult, this is a real opportunity to have fun and take part in active outdoor exercise too.

One of our priorities is to provide more opportunities for young people and these events will help some of the hard to reach youngsters in areas where we know more support and guidance is needed.”

Graham Moran CEO of Nottingham Forest Community Trust said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Gedling Borough Council providing positive outdoor football activities for children and young people to support their physical and mental wellbeing.

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“The council has worked hard to get this provision in place and make sure we can deliver our programmes in a COVID-19 safe environment and ensure those taking part have a great time.”

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